August 2, 2004

Girl saved from whirlpool tub
The 10-year-old's hair gets caught in the tub's filter. Police in a helicopter join the rescue effort in Huntington Harbour.

By JOHN McDONALD

 

The Orange County Register


HUNTINGTON HARBOUR -A 10-year old girl whose hair became caught in the filter of a backyard whirlpool tub Sunday was freed from under the water and revived by a family friend as a police officer who saw the rescue effort from a parolling helicopter raced to her aid, police said today.


Katie Glavinic was taken to Long Beach Memorial Hospital for observation but was expected to recover, police said.  The girl became caught at about 7:30 p.m. in the whirlpool tub at her family's home in the 3600 block of Seascape Drive. The girl's brother yelled for help, and police were called.  The first police unit to respond was a Huntington Beach police helicopter. Pilot Sgt. Tom Arnold saw from overhead that the girl was still underwater, and he set the helicopter down on the residential street. His observer, officer Rick McNaughton, ran to the child.  Family friend Phil Burtis by that time had pulled Katie out of the tub. She was not breathing, and he administered CPR until she was revived, police said. Paramedics took her to the hospital.

 

 

 

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